Tagged with Japan travel

Take me to…  the Ise Jingu!

Take me to… the Ise Jingu!


It’s been a while since I did a travel blog, and one place in Japan that I’ve always wanted to go to and blog about is the Ise Jingu. Located on the Shima Peninsula in the Mie Prefecture, the Ise Jingu, or Ise Shrines, are the most sacred Shinto shrines in Japan. There are 125 … Continue reading

Take me to… Ryusendo Cave!

Take me to… Ryusendo Cave!


This travel blog is a bit different – I’m not fantasising about visiting a city or a festival but going underground! Ryusendo Cave is one of Japan’s three great limestone caves and a national natural monument. Set in the mountains of Iwaizumi Town in Iwate Prefecture in northern Honshu, it’s still not fully explored. Around … Continue reading

Take me to… Tashirojima!

Take me to… Tashirojima!


There’s a good chance you’ll have heard of Tashirojima in Japan by now. It’s featured on BBC documentaries, Youtube channels, books, newspaper articles and pretty much every medium. Why? Because Tashirojima is otherwise known as Cat Island and its main inhabitants are… cats. Tashirojima is a small island in Miyagi Prefecture where cats outnumber the … Continue reading

Kicking back in Kumamoto

Kicking back in Kumamoto


This is it, the last post in this year’s Japan travel blog series! Back in April I travelled from Osaka to Kobe to Kyushu with my mum and sister, and you can read all about our travels here. Our last destination was Kumamoto, home of Kumamoto Castle and the iconic mascot Kumamon! Kumamoto Castle is … Continue reading

Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle


Well, we’ve reached the last leg of Sophie and Oana’s Japan 2015 holiday blog series. After travelling around Tokyo, Sendai, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka… we spent two days in Kanazawa before flying home. It’s hard to believe this was back in April, when the sakura was in bloom, and also that it’s taken me this … Continue reading

Deer-dodging in Nara

Deer-dodging in Nara


It’s nearly Christmas, so here’s a blog post all about the deer (not reindeer – although watch out for those antlers) in Nara! This is another overdue holiday blog post, as we were in Nara in April just as the sakura were starting to fall like snow. In 710, Japan’s first capital was established at … Continue reading

We’re going to Japan!

We’re going to Japan!


It’s true! The flights and (most of) the hotels are booked. I’ll be heading to Japan with my wonderful uni friend Oana at the end of March next year, so you can expect lots of blog content post-trip next year. In the meantime, I thought I’d turn to the internet for a bit of travel … Continue reading

Miyajima Magic

Miyajima Magic


It’s been a long time since I last did a Japan travel post, so I thought I’d tell you about the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited in Japan (so far): Miyajima Island. All photos were taken by yours truly, which is pretty rare for this blog! Miyajima Island is considered to be one of … Continue reading

Every cloud…

Every cloud…


Or, why losing isn’t necessarily losing. If you’ve been keeping up with my ramblings on Twitter, you probably saw that I wasn’t selected for InsideJapan Tour’s Blog to Japan finals. Obviously, I was very disappointed, not only because I’d spent three odd weeks scripting and editing my video and another six hours just trying to … Continue reading